My takeaways from Breakthrough Project Management conference

Paris, October 17th, 2016. Ian Heptinstall, co-author of “The Executive Guide to Breakthrough Project Management, Capital & Construction Projects on-time in less time, on budget at lower cost without compromise” (full title), was there to deliver his conference on the subject. Before you turn away thinking this has nothing to do with my industry, you … Continue reading My takeaways from Breakthrough Project Management conference

The Executive Guide to Breakthrough Project Management – Book Review

The Executive Guide to Breakthrough Project Management is about combining Critical Chain Project Management and “alliancing” or collaborative contracting for a win-win efficient way to manage huge (or small) construction projects. Soon when reading the guide, it becomes obvious that what the authors describe as efficient in construction and capex projects can be used in … Continue reading The Executive Guide to Breakthrough Project Management – Book Review

Critical Chain Project Management alone is not enough

Critical Chain Project Management (CCPM) alone is not enough to drastically reduce a project’s duration and improve the development process efficiency. CCPM is a proven Project Management approach to ensure a project, any project, will meet its finishing date without compromising quality nor any of the requirements, and even though CCPM can lead to terminate … Continue reading Critical Chain Project Management alone is not enough

Introduction to Critical Chain Project Management

Welcome to my introduction to Critical Chain Project Management (CCPM)! Critical Chain Project Management is a “new” approach to Project Management, with connections to the Theory of Constraints. While in the 1980s the production management changed from mainly local unit cost control to a holistic approach that encourages flow (Lean), the project management has not … Continue reading Introduction to Critical Chain Project Management

Project execution performance and the forgotten tasks

Despite a relatively long history and plenty of literature on the subject, project management keeps failing to consistently deliver on time and within costs. The usual suspects for these failures are called uncertainties, that ever growing safety margins are unable to absorb. >Lisez moi en français : Performance en mode projet et oubli de tâches Surprisingly, a … Continue reading Project execution performance and the forgotten tasks

Goal Tree Chronicles – From Goal Tree to project WBS. Yes but.

I use to say that one of the benefits of the Goal Tree is to provide a project Work Breakdown Structure (WBS) to roll out the project, or the Goal Tree to be used ahead of a new project planning to ensure that no step was forgotten. With experience accumulating, I can confirm this to … Continue reading Goal Tree Chronicles – From Goal Tree to project WBS. Yes but.

Management attention as a constraint – Part 2

In part 1 of this series, I introduced management attention as a constraint. This second post goes on with more reasons why management fail to pay the necessary attention to the factor limiting the whole system’s performance. Unaware or wrong about the constraint Management attention might be on the wrong things because manager are unaware … Continue reading Management attention as a constraint – Part 2

7 questions to help you reduce projects‘ duration

On one hand, in current competitive environment, time to market and speed to respond to customers’ needs is a Critical Success Factor, often more important than sales price. On the other hand, projects templates used in companies have “grown fat” over time with an inflation of additional tasks, milestones and reviews, thus extending project’s’ duration. … Continue reading 7 questions to help you reduce projects‘ duration

Rotate a Tree to start your project

During the Logical Thinking Process training course (June 2015), Bill Dettmer took us through the whole process and the associated tools at each step. The process starts with the famous Goal Tree, assess the current situation and focus on critical root causes with the Current Reality Tree (CRT). Conflict Resolution Diagram (AKA Evaporating Cloud) may … Continue reading Rotate a Tree to start your project